EAMONN O’Kane’s wants his massive World title eliminator to take place in Ireland.
After the IBF ordered an IBF World title eliminator between the Derry middleweight and Tureano Johnson negotiations between both camps have begun talks and ‘King Kane’ revealed they are pushing for the fight to take place on home soil.
Home advantage would be massive for the former Commonwealth gold medal winner, who is a successful 12 rounds away from becoming mandatory for current belt holder David Lemieux before the year is out.
However, the popular Dungiven fighter claims he is willing to travel to secure a massive opportunity and suggests he might be better supported in America than the Johnson, who hails from the Bahamas.
“I keep my head down and don’t get involved in negotiations,” O’Kane told the Derry Journal. “I’m leaving it to Paddy (Fitzpatrick O’Kane’s coach), my dad, Francie McNicholl and my lawyer, Neil Sibley.
“I’m glad I’ve got good people looking after me on that front,” he added. “We want the fight to be here in Ireland. Obviously it comes down to who has the most money. There’s stuff that has to make sense but I would love for it to be here.
“I know I’m definitely going to be fighting because I got the letter to fight Johnson for the mandatory position for the IBF world title. So that’s the state of play at the minute.”
“I’ll do whatever I have to do,” he continued. “That’s the reality of it. If it means going to America, going to New York – that would be fantastic. Look how John Duddy lit up the place over there.
“It’s like a home away from home for an Irish fighter over there. It would be good to showcase myself in front of an American audience. I’ll go where I have to go.”